Grateful Dead Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 1983-06-18
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Sennheiser 421's> Sony D-5 taped by Jim Wise; cass master> CDR; via Tony Gardner with thanks to Paul Bottiglio; Note-May circ with mislabelled tracks, they would read 6-13-83
- 2004-06-19 23:58:31
- Saratoga Springs, NY
Subject: very special night of music and lightning
It had been such a beautiful day. Majestic clouds floated peacefully over the parkland that is the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The tribe was mellow and serene as sunshine rays of golden daydream liquid bathed the rocky woods and splashing streams. In their own way everyone contributed to the day's celebration, priming each other for the show. Drumming, singing, dancing, toking and passing along.
The journey from the campsites to the venue is so beautiful. That day there were no lines only groups of people ahead and behind trekking together through the woods, heading to an evening that promised to be blessed.
The band did not disappoint: Bertha is a great way to open a show. Jack Straw...next was "Enjoy the Ride" or so the back of my ticket says, then Althea, both fairly new songs in '83. Back to the tales of western heroes and villains, with Mexicali into Big River after that. We found ourselves an inviting space on the hill on the grass beneath the sky...the sound was amazing even as high as we were. Credit the extended P.A. setup for bathing the hill in sound. Entering the venue we sensed the best place for us was under the sky. plenty of space to spread the blankets, soak up the sun while it lasted, to watch and wait to see what the night would reveal of heaven.
Swaying and twirling to dreamy Birdsong and Althea, square dancing on the grass with beautiful strangers to Mexicali and Deal, the first set closed as the sun went to rest down round the other side leaving a star spangling night. The afternoon clouds made nightfall a cyclorama, firing their electrical charges at each other and this was not lost on the band as they began to play with the lightning and thunder. Most of the moons and red dragons, the drops dropped onto welcoming tongues had by then reached peak immersion so when the set break came around there were smiles wherever you looked, pie-eyed lovers trading glances making each other welcomed and reassured...we're all in this together tonight!
The 2nd set begins and the strangest part of the trip but for now it's fun and light with Scarlet's song then the transition to Fire foreshadows eeriness to come. There is power and majesty in the air, an aura of things unexplained, unnamed. It can be unnerving to dance on ground solid below your bare feet sensing only slightly further on stars explode, galactic cataclysms draw us in toward a final black hole that someday will swallow everything. As the heavens above and the song's rhythms below combine to forge new musical explorations the rumbling, wobbling spinning jam rises higher and finally the band ignites the Fire on the Mountain. When Playing becomes furious the skies rise to it and the lightning and thunder are now distinctly part of the show; Billy and Mickey have intimate relations with nature's primordial forces so their drum break is extraordinary, at once joyous and scary. The band enters back slowly, as Space becomes a Wheel, the sky plays on no rain but lightning and bombs. The crowd I toured with that summmer miraculously (as always, right?!) turn up and we join new friends, holding hands through the Dew...sweating, smiling, safely stoned and glad to be alive. What a feeling with friends there, new ones too, as the music tells your love and pain that hearts bleed and souls soar on a night you'll remember for the rest of your life.
"one more saturday night" as special as they ever come.
thanks to all those concerned for making this available. I haven't heard a SBD of this show (does one exist?) but I love this recording. The crowd may be loud but not to worry - the music comes shining through. Thanks again, All, and thanks especially to the Good Ol' Grateful Dead.
Subject: not the best source available, but show is a must have
scarlet>fire contains half an hour of that gorgeous, chaotic jamming that we know and love. THis Moring Dew is a must hear. YOU MUST HEAR IT!!! i get waves of body buzzes when i listen to this Dew, it is a wonder. heavy, heavy, heavy, song man. if you don't already have this show in your collection, you are missing one of the best, certainly from the 80's at least.
Subject: Hard to listen to
Guess you had to be there?
Subject: 6-18-83 Saratoga
The other copy, available here, from the front row of the balcony is much, much better.
Subject: Best Morning Dew Ever!
Subject: A MUST
After spending the day downlowding shoes this is THE CULLMINATION. This is up there with Cornell 77 and Stanford 10-10...This show rocks!!! The crowd sound adds to this greatly.It's hard to to seperate highlighs..From the start..Birdsong to Althea first set. Scarlet>Fire is all equal to and perhaps the better then the fabled Cornell77...This might very well BE THE SHOW....
Subject: ohhhh memories...
Subject: The Beautiful Spac ship...
Anyway this place is absolutely beautiful. That must of been so fun to see the Dead at this place.(still can't imagine) Although some Heads who didn't make Deer Creek or Alpine feel same. Merriweather Post and the Greek Theater are 2 others I would of died to have been at esp. in the 83-85 Gonzo period. I bet Jerry and the boys were so stoked when they first laid eyes on this place in 1983. From the pictures it kind a has an ecological type look to it. More woods and a nature theme to it vs. Hard Steel & Metal structure like Tinley or Carter-Finley (I know thats a football field) but, trying to make a point. Must of been crazy when the circus rolled in town to hit the new Venue. I mentioned before I live near Alpine and hit almost all of those from 87~89 but I fell in love with the SPAC when I finally got to see what it looked like. I listened to those tapes for years and read alot about it and heard from friends first hand that went to the 85 show and I still can't imagine how much fun that would of been WOW!!! I feel the same way about Merriweather and of Coarse the Greek. Oh well I guess I'll have to settle with Alpine and Deer Creek. yuk yuk.
Subject: The Dew.....
Subject: Huge Scarlet>Fire
Subject: 1st Show
Admittedly, the recording quality isn't the best, but who the fuck cares? The energy of the show was of a quality that I never quite heard again at a Dead show, and even now, 21 years after the fact, I still hear it on the tape. For me the first two songs of the first set are transporting. And the second set: oh my god. The _Scarlet-Fire_ combination which flowed into _The Wheel_, which seemed to be played to coincide with an actual thunder storm which broke over the venue.
I don't know if the level of energy and synergy between the band, the audience, and the natural elements is accessible to people just hearing the tape, but I hope it is.
All in all, the recording quality is not good, but as a record of the Grateful Dead at the best I ever heard, I think this is a must-have and a must-hear.
Subject: the boys
Edit: doesnt sound like it. crappy recording, in my opinion.
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